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Going Places Express on Wensleydale Railway

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On 1st September 2012 the J72, 69023, hauled theThe Going Places Express on the only scheduled passenger train to Northallerton West in 2012.

The Going Places Express stands at the site if the new Northallerton West station - Richard Pearson

On Saturday 1st September a very special train left Leeming Bar Station at 16:30, hauled by NELPG’s smart J72 0-6-0 tank loco no. 69023. The train travelled to the site of Northallerton West Station, which the Wensleydale Railway plan to open in summer 2013. It will be the only scheduled passenger train to run beyond Ainderby in 2012. The train formed of three of the WRA’s Mk 1 coaches, included tea or coffee and a scone served at passengers seats on the special. 

The only steam train from Northallerton in 2012 - the 17.05 departs Northallerton West to Redmire on September 1st hauled by NELPG's J72 No 69023 "Joem" with driver Richard Pearson at the controls - Maurice Burns

During your journey, members of the project team were on board to answer questions, and passengers were able to see the site of the ”South Curve” and inspect the area where the Northallerton West platform is to be built.

Under way. The train was a "one off "special to raise funds for the Wensleydale "Going Places Appeal" to extend the line to Northallerton and construct a new station at Northallerton West within walking distance from the BR station on the ECML- Maurice Burns

Earlier in the day the J72 had hauled the service train to Redmire:

The J72 in the loop at Constable Burton - Richard Pearson

The J72 arrives at Redmire - Richard Pearson

Here are some more photographs of a trip along the line taken on 18th August:

The crew of fireman Allan Wilson, driver Terry Newman and cleaner  Rowland Bingham synchronising watches for off shed departure at Leeming Bar, 18th August - Chris Lawson

Awaiting 13:15 departure from Leeming Bar Station - Chris Lawson

The J72 arrives at Redmire - Richard Pearson

Lots of interest in Joem at Redmire Station, 18th August - Chris Lawson

The crew relaxing at Leyburn on 18th August. l-r Rob Williamson, Terry Newman, Allan Wilson and Alan Usher - Chris Lawson

Journeys end. Back at Leeming Bar Station, 18th August - Chris Lawson

Last Updated on Friday, 02 November 2012 21:48